Texana acquires Security Depot

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DALLAS—In a move that adds 3,000 monitored accounts and $100,000 in RMR, Texana Security announced March 2 the acquisition of Security Depot, a south Texas security alarm company.

“We think that the Security Depot people are terrific sales and marketers, and everyone likes that part of the business more than the back-office stuff,” said Sean O’Keefe, Texana CEO. “Since we’ll be taking over the back-office operations, this will loosen them up to do what they’re very good at and what they would prefer to be spending their time doing.”

Security Depot’s Carla McCaleb will lead the team’s sales and marketing efforts in South Texas. Daryl and Alan Smith will serve in executive management roles. McCaleb and the Smiths are all part of the Smith family, which started Security Depot more than 15 years ago. In all, the acquisition brings with it 24 employees. O’Keefe said he expects to take advantage of Security Depot’s sales expertise, enlisting their help in training other branches.

The acquisition also gives Texana “a better foothold in the South Texas market,” O’Keefe said. “It’s a market we like, and it’s growing and we think this is a great opportunity to blend our two companies and come out with a better company at the other end.”

Security Depot’s accounts are residential and light commercial. Texana’s accounts are fairly evenly split. Texana does have a presence in South Texas as the result of some of its national and regional accounts. This national account base is key, O’Keefe said, to the fact that Texana experienced growth in its commercial business in 2009.

“We’re fortunate to have been chosen by some large national companies as their primary provider,” he said. “Virtually on a daily basis they bring in new accounts as they build new facilities, or more often, as they move their existing facilities [whose contracts have expired with other providers] over to our monitoring facilities ... so our commercial business this year has been good.”

On the residential side, Texana hasn’t seen any drop in business, O’Keefe said. “We were not invested in the new construction market, so [slow down in construction] hasn’t had any impact.”

“We grew 20 percent overall this year, not including any acquisitions ... we’re very pleased with that growth.”